Red flowering Amyema melaleucae parasitising the Black Tea-tree (Melaleuca lanceolata) on Yorke Peninsula
The mistletoe and host have evolved together and the former has no undue
effect on the growth of the Melaleuca.
The mistletoe parasitises mainly M. lanceolata but also sometimes M. halmaturorum (Swamp Paperbark).
Closeup of Amyema melaleucae
The mistletoe is a preferred hostplant in coastal areas for
the Amaryllis Azure and also the Wood White (Delias aganippe).
The red flowering Wire-leaf Mistletoe (Amyema preissii)
It usually parasitises Acacia. The mistletoe is a preferred
hostplant in woodland areas for the Amaryllis Azure.
The green and white flowering Pale-leaf Mistletoe (Amyema maidenii), parasitising a mulga tree (Acacia aneura) in the Far North Region of the state
All photography by R. Grund unless stated otherwise.